Yarmouth Sailing Club sits next to the swing bridge over the River Yar at the western end of the Isle of Wight. It’s a friendly, informal, inclusive club with between 800 and 900 members run entirely on a volunteer basis. A welcome is always extended to visiting yachtsmen.

There is a very active sailing membership and weekly racing is laid on for Scows, Optimists and Handicap Class (Pico, Lasers, Topper, Mirror, etc). Races take place both in the river and in the Solent and, weather permitting, we run passage races and picnic trips further afield, to Keyhaven, Totland, Newtown, etc.


Non-competitive sailors run Simply Sailing, which is a group organising events like picnic trips in the river and the Solent.  Read more about them under the Sailing section.  There is also a regular programme of ‘quiet sails’ in the river for those who enjoy independent sailing in a less competitive atmosphere.

In 2010 we gained recognition as an RYA (Royal Yachting Association – sailing’s governing body in the UK) Training Centre. There is training for junior members in the Easter holidays, in the summer half-term, and in the summer holidays, depending on the tide. After school training is offered to local children during the summer term, and there are a number of adult training days during the summer. Read more in the ‘Junior Sailing’ and ‘Training’ sections under ‘Sailing’.

Members may hire club dinghies – we have 1 RS Feva, 1 Laser Bahia, 2 RS Quests, 2 Scows, 1 Wanderer, and 8 Picos for hire at £10 per session (£50 per month) per boat, and for younger children 3 RS Teras and 6 training Oppies at £5 per session (£25 per month) per boat.  They can be hired by contacting Melinda Measor (membership.ysc@btconnect.com,01983 760462) for a password and accessing the booking diary via the Sailing & Training – Dinghies for Hire and Bookings section of this website.

Other events include an annual 2-day Regatta, open evenings and Scows Week – a week of racing and social events in the river and the Solent for GRP and wooden Scows.  These are all open events, i.e. open to all comers.

A varied winter programme of popular social events is arranged and several special interest groups meet in the club (see Social section):

Male Voice Choir – the Slipshod Singers

Reading Group

Art Group


Fundraising – If you shop online, you can raise money for the club by logging on to easyfundraising.org.uk and naming your preferred charity as Get Kids Sailing at Yarmouth Sailing Club.  Every time you shop at one of their participating stores, a small sum of money comes to the club.


Club Officers

Commodore – Liz Mead

Treasurer – Rhod Powell


If you’d like to join the club, come along and ask for a form, download one from the membership page on this website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Melinda Measor (01983 760462, membership.ysc@btconnect.com).


Rallies Package in partnership with Yarmouth Harbour

We offer rallies coming to Yarmouth Harbour an opportunity to use the club for social gatherings (drinks parties, dinners, barbecues, etc.), when we can arrange catering for them, provide a marquee, etc.   Any group wanting to take advantage of this offer should contact Geoff Witt (01983 752506, gr.witt@btinternet.com).